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Kirk-Gately
Field Editor

Salt pond 09-13-2009 19:34
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 60-65 Degrees
Plenty of mallards round about the old salt pond.

Posted By:
Kirk-Gately
Field Editor

Town Cove on the Cape 12-31-2007 02:55
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Plenty of Black ducks for everyone.

There were also a few mallards, buffles and common mergansers thrown in.

The birds really started flying around lunch time and just kept flying.

Posted By:
goobs67
Guest

Central MA 10-19-2007 18:05
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Got out several mornings this week. Needless to say given the weather conditions hunting was/is poor. Very few woodies in my area compared to last year at this time. Managed a Mallard drake opening day.

Here’s hoping for some cooler weather and better hunting, and a good season for everyone.

Posted By:
goobs67
Guest

Nashua 04-02-2007 17:24
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 60-65 Degrees
Rode down the Nashua River from Rt.117 in Bolton to the the Oxbow in Still River on Saturday. Maiden voyage in a new canoe.

Hunting season is a long way off but it was great to get out and see a huge amount of birds. All the way down the river we put up Woodies, Mallards, Blacks, Mergies, and Canada’s while paddling. Saw 9 deer as well. Can’t wait until fall.

[Edited By goobs67 on 2007-04-02 17:25]

Posted By:
BJC
Web Member

Connecticut River 01-07-2007 07:38
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 60-65 Degrees
Hunted the Connecticut river yesterday and it was very slow. Saw several large flocks of geese at high altitude and only one hen mallard that would not decoy. I guess that 70 degrees on Jan 6th have a lot to due with it thou. All in all a slow day to end the season in the centeral zone.

[Edited By BJC on 2007-01-07 07:39]

Posted By:
anvilman
Guest

south shore,central 01-06-2007 19:13
Cloudy, High Winds – 50-60 Degrees
hunted a nice spot late morning with my father, we set up 3dz. silo’s the winds werre very strong and the geese circled all morning , i bet we saw over 400 canadas today we had four lock up and they came in perfectly two shots each and we were done it was a fast hunt wish it lasted longer….any way good luck to every one if you get out in the late season……….

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Tim C.
WFC Sponsor

South Shore 01-04-2007 11:17
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
Hunted this morning we saw a few blacks around prior to legal shooting and only a few mallard and some buffle heads around after legal hours. We only managed one drake mallard and one drake buffle head. The weather made it feel like we should getting ready to turkey hunt, not duck hunting. At least the dog got a couple of retrieves. Good Luck to all.

Posted By:
Kirk-Gately
Field Editor

Salt Pond Bay, Town Cove 12-30-2006 20:01
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
Got out off and on during the past few days.
I usually park by Salt Pond by the highway and walk out to the point.
Had some fair shooting on the blacks, mergansers and the buffles.
Those were the only birds I saw in three days. Seemed to be plenty for everyone.
Although I thought I had some good shooting the dudes straight out from me were really doing some blasting in the marsh. There were also two other groups, one towards the station and to the south near the inlet. I found out later that it is a short ride from Hemenway Landing.
Town Cove was holding a lot of geese and lesser numbers of blacks and buffles. I usually see fair numbers of mallards around but I did not see any in either place. No one was shooting Town Cove.

I got my license on line and brought plenty of shells so I did not have to ask anyone any silly questions or play any silly games this time.

Posted By:
goobs67
Guest

Bolton Flats 12-28-2006 07:17
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 35-40 Degrees
Hunted the Bolton Flats yesterday morning. No ice at all. Had a pair of Blacks circle my dekes 4 or 5 times at 7:00 before moving on. Saw a group of 6 and then a group of 4 Mallards a little later that never got close despite lots of calling. Another group of 4 flew within 50 of 60 yards and ignored the spead and calling. They’re still around, but very wary these last days. I saw a couple of guys in a boat moving around on the Still River, but I didn’t hear any shooting.

On a more positive note, there were geese in the field before first light and at around 9:00 a flock of 75 to 100 honkers flew over the Flats. If you’re thinking of heading out soon, consider goose hunting.
Good hunting and Happy New Year.

Posted By:
goobs67
Guest

Central MA 12-16-2006 11:41
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
A mixed group of Mallards and Blacks 12 to 15 strong dropped in and put down in my spread 10 min. before shooting time this morning. What a site! They flew off after 3 or 4 min.

Not a whole lot of action after that. Managed to take a single Mallard drake around 8:00, then all went quiet.
Good hunting.

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goobs67
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Central MA 11-04-2006 17:45
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Not a huge amount of birds moving this morning, but some good action regardless. More geese than ducks. Saw mostly mallards with a few woodies and teal mixed in. Teal flew high over my spread and out of range, while the woodies were flying just before shooting time. Took a nice mallard drake and big, banded canada. Good hunting.

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Tim C.
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South Shore 11-03-2006 11:49
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
Hunted yesterday morning, we had a great morning flight. We saw a mixed bag of birds mallards,woodies,teal,blacks and a lot of divers we do not normally see in this spot. We ended up with eight for the morning. Got the dog some good work. The blind we hunted out of was not very dog friendly she was only able to mark two of the birds, the rest she was handled too. Good luck to all. Tim

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Baymen Moe
Web Member

south shore inland 10-28-2006 10:59
Cloudy, High Winds – 45-50 Degrees
Got out this morning for a wild time in the blind. Southeast winds blowing right in our faces. Consistent flights of birds today but boy did they want to keep flying. We even had three black ducks circle us NINE times before going on. Less woodies seen today but more teal. One flock of geese. All told we saw around 60 birds total.

The birds that did decoy today decoyed well and were all mallards. Ended with three mallards in the bag. Picture of my big drake in the gallery.

Posted By:
Mike M.
Guest

North Shore 10-25-2006 18:15
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 45-50 Degrees
I hunted with my Dad today for our last hunt of the first half of the coastal season. There were not many birds around despite the windy conditions. We saw 15-20 ducks all day mostly teal, blacks and a few mallards. My Dad got one greenwing teal.

Posted By:
anvilman
Guest

SOUTH SHORE 10-23-2006 19:24
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 45-50 Degrees
HUNTED SAT MORNING, WE HAD A FEW DUCKS DECOY BUT DIDNT GET CLOSE ENOUGH FOR GOOD SHOTS WE HAD 2 GROUPS OF GEESE COME IN BUT THEY DIDNT LIKE SOME THINK ALSO SO NO LUCK….. THIER WAS ABOUT 250 GEESE THE DAY BEFORE WHEN MY FATHERS FREIND SCOUTED BUT YOU CANT HIT EM EVERY DAY!! GOOD HUNTING EDDIE ALSO SAW A HAWK SNATCH A HEN WOODIE OUT OF MID AIR WHAT A AWSOME SIGHT THAT WAS!!!!!!!!! DOES ANY BODY KNOW WHAT KIND OF HAWK THAT WOULD BE? IT WASNT MUCH BIGGER THAN THE WOODIE.

[Edited By anvilman on 2006-10-23 19:27]

Posted By:
Mike M.
Guest

North Shore/Central MA 10-23-2006 13:48
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first week reports:

10/16
I hunted on the coast for the opener with my Dad. Lots of birds and lots of hunters. When we arrived at the ramp at 5 am there were already 10 other rigs there. The first hour was a blast with birds everywhere. We had a good day with me getting 3 greenwings, a black and a hen pintail. My first pintail ever. My Dad got 2 greenwings and a black.

10/17
I hunted the coast again this day with my Dad. Not nearly as many birds or hunters this day. We missed some shots at blacks and teal and also had to pass up on several shots as we do not have a dog.

10/18
I did an afternoon hunt this day with my Dad in central MA. It was around 70 degrees this day with no wind so it was very slow. We saw a handful of mallards, geese and wood ducks but did not fire any shots.

Overall the first week was very good.

Posted By:
Baymen Moe
Web Member

south shore inland 10-23-2006 11:14
Mostly Cloudy, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
Managed to get out this morning for a hunt. Not a ton of birds around but enough to stay excited. The mallards were giving me fits today, decoying well until the last second. They were circling hard too, 3 or 4 times and gone. Looking back I should’ve shot at more mallards, I found I was second guessing distances. Winchesters’ stock also went up today.

Drake greenwing and hen woody in the bag today.

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Mike F.
Guest

NE MA 10-22-2006 19:57
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Made it home from URI @ around 230 on friday afternoon, dad had the boat all ready and we were set up by 330. We spooked some nice flocks of teal on the way in and set up a small spread of blacks and teal deeks. Between my buddy, my dad, and i, we managed to knock down 6 or 7 teal, unfortunaly we could only find 5. Got up in the morning and headed to my buddies secret marsh, we tossed out a handfull of blacks and some full body mallards. Just at shooting light a couple small groups of teal almost flew into us, followed by a pair of blacks. Overall a sick weekend, had a blast getting back onto the marsh. Next time i’ll be shooting the beretta will be in the begining of Nov for some sea duck shooting. Can’t wait until christmas break, i’ll have almost a full month to shoot ducks, and i’ll be out there almost everyday, if anyone wants to get together, send me a pm.

Mike

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goobs67
Guest

Central Mass 10-20-2006 15:05
– – 50-60 Degrees
Good opening week in Central MA. Woodies everywhere! Even managed to bag a few but missed many as well. Failed to call in some shy Mallards this morning, but a great day in the field anyway. Good Hunting.

Posted By:
pworkman
Guest

south shore 10-19-2006 14:23
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Hunted thurs for seaducks. Wife and I got 4 eider. Saw a lot more than Saturday. 3 flocks came in as we were pulling the decoys. So it goes.

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Isaac514
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Western Ma & CT River 10-19-2006 11:21
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 40-45 Degrees
Fri. Berkshire opener 2 woodies by myself, Mon. Central opener 4 hunters- 3 Greenwings,2 Pintails, 10 Mallards. Hunt safe!

Posted By:
Baymen Moe
Web Member

south shore inland 10-18-2006 19:59
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 50-60 Degrees
Today I could not hunt but I graciously allowed my friend Capt Dave Bitters of Baymen Outfitters to use the blind with a guest. The woodies were abundant and coming in well. They bagged 3. One mallard was also taken over the dekes. More mallards decoyed well but were missed. One large flock of geese passed over the pond twice but just out of range.

I wish I could’ve been there but was glad to have the guys use the blind and do well.

I was able to get out for a 2 hour bowhunt this afternoon, quite warm. Did see a doe with fawn at last light, no shot.

Bill

Posted By:
pworkman
Guest

south shore 10-16-2006 12:19
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Hunted sea ducks Saturday. Did not see many. Hopefully, they are still coming down. Got 1 Eider. Missed a couple more. Good Luck out there.

Posted By:
pworkman
Guest

south shore 10-16-2006 12:19
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Hunted sea ducks Saturday. Did not see many. Hopefully, they are still coming down. Got 1 Eider. Missed a couple more. Good Luck out there.

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Baymen Moe
Web Member

south shore inland 10-16-2006 10:57
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Well, not a banner opener for me but did manage a mallard hen. Missed bad on a triple that came in as well.

Lots of woodies around but they were opting for the other hole . A few teal around as well. All of the activity was at first light (obviously, due to the weather) but bringing home one bird is better than none.

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anvilman
Guest

south shore scouting 10-15-2006 08:42
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
well i saw about 35 teal this morning, 35 more than i saw last year!!! a bounch of blacks mixed in with mallards,and also alot i mean alot of woodies!!!good luck and good hunting to every one………..

[Edited By anvilman on 2006-10-15 08:43]

Posted By:
goobs67
Guest

10-13-2006 06:39
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Driving to work this morning (S.E. MA)saw several flocks of Canadas, each flock several hundred birds strong. Monday should be fun.

Posted By:
dbercier
Guest

10-12-2006 11:24
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Thanks for all the help guys on the Sea duck hunts out there. The info is well appreciated.

Posted By:
Isaac514
Guest

Western MA &Eastern NY 10-01-2006 18:54
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
O.K. Sept. season results 9/9: 2 hunters 7 birds on the CT river, 9/13 NY state 2 hunters cut corn 16 birds 1 band from Pennsville,NJ,9/16 NY state just myself cut corn 8 birds, 9/23 NY state 2 hunters 16 birds cut corn, 9/24 NY state Jr. hunter and myself 3 geese and no ducks cut corn. Best hunt was the Jr. hunt just watching him enjoy and him thinking life could get no better than this. Safe hunting and great luck to everyone this season.

Posted By:
BJC
Web Member

09-30-2006 18:13
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dbercier this guy has a great reputation but fills up fast http://www.seaduckhunt.com/index.html

Hope this helps
BJC

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duckdeath
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western mass 09-13-2006 18:35
Cloudy, Heavy Fog – 50-60 Degrees
hunted a private pond that always is productive early season. Three of us six big dead ones

Posted By:
dbercier
Guest

09-12-2006 14:11
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Hello everyone,

I’ve got a good buddy of mine that is going to be going out towards the Cape Cod Bay area near the end of Dec this year. Who is a good reputable outfitter he can hook up with to do some good Sea duck hunting? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

dbercier
Albuquerque, NM

[Edited By dbercier on 2006-09-12 19:16]

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Isaac514
Guest

ct river valley 09-10-2006 09:07
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 50-60 Degrees
Shot seven Sat. morning with a friend on the river, was nice to hunt the river when there is no ice and 20 degrees. No collars or bands, we thought there would be more birds than we saw. Good luck to everyone.

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anvilman
Guest

SOUTH SHORE 09-09-2006 19:53
– – 60-65 Degrees
WELL, WE GOT 5 BIRDS THIS MORNING, WAS EXTREAMLY FOGGY ,BUT IT BURNED OFF BIRDS WORKED GOOD TO FLAGGING AND CALLING. WE ENDED UP WITH 2 BANDS TODAY MY VERY FIRST AND MY FATHERS FITH!!!!!!!!! HOPE EVERY ONE ELSE IS GETTING OUT…..

Posted By:
CDUNCAN
Guest

great meadows 09-06-2006 12:11
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Was infromed by Mike Dixon that everyone who applied for a duck hunting permit this year got one. Good luck on the Sudbury last year was good hunting.

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Mike M.
Guest

MA 09-03-2006 11:54
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 60-65 Degrees
Massachusetts waterfowl season dates were released this past week.

Here is the link:

http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/dfwpdf/dfw_migbird_regs.pdf

Posted By:
Duckstopper
Guest

08-07-2006 22:30
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A waterfowl ID course will be held on Aug. 17 + 26 in Hadley, Mass. at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Pre-registration is required. try these #’s for more info:(978)632-7648 or (617)727-3623 or (508)792-7435

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Mike M.
Guest

Sept. Goose season dates set 07-27-2006 19:00
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – Over 70 Degrees
EARLY GOOSE SEASON DATES SET

The early Canada goose hunting season dates are September 5 – September 23, 2006 with hunters allowed to take 5 birds per day. Hunting hours begin one half hour before sunrise and continue to sunset. “Data collected from agency goose banding activities this summer indicate the early goose hunting seasons have kept populations stable in the central and western parts of the state,” commented MassWildlife’s Waterfowl Project Leader H Heusmann. “In the eastern part of the state where there are more restrictions on hunting activities, goose flocks continue to grow.” Heusmann noted that the rains and cold temperatures of this spring resulted in some nest loss and staggered hatches of geese and other species of ducks. Despite this situation, the early season provides goose hunters with ample hunting and gives landowners an opportunity to allow hunters to reduce the size of nuisance flocks of resident geese. Waterfowlers are reminded that state and federal waterfowl stamps are required for hunting waterfowl. Hunters planning to hunt ducks, geese, woodcock and other migratory birds must also be registered with the Harvest Information Program (HIP) after purchasing a hunting license. This free registration number may be obtained by calling 1-800-WETLAND. If waterfowlers registered with HIP after obtaining their 2006 hunting license in order to hunt the past waterfowl season in early 2006, that number is still good for the fall 2006 season and will not have to be renewed until the 2007 license goes into effect. Other migratory bird season dates will be set by the Fisheries and Wildlife Board following a public hearing in Newburyport on August 31.

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Mike M.
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Sunday Hunting bill 04-02-2006 21:17
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Please take a minute and write or email your state Rep.

Source: Gun Owners Action League GOAL

Sunday Hunting Bill Released by Committee

On March 15, 2006 the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security voted 6 to 3 to release H.4517 “An Act to Allow Hunting on Sunday” with a FAVORABLE report. The bill was filed by Representative Anne Gobi. This bill now will go to the House and hopefully will come up for a vote soon.

There is sure to be stiff opposition to this bill from the animal rights extremists. GOAL is urging all of its members to contact the local representatives and urge them to support H.4517. Find My Legislators

House 4517 – An Act to Allow Hunting on Sunday

Poll Results (ONTP = Ought Not to Pass)

Chair Rivera – Favorable – in person

Rep. Christopher Donelan – Favorable – in person

Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein – ONTP – telephone

Rep. Ted Speliotis – Favorable – e-mail

Rep. Liz Malia – ONTP – telephone

Rep. Jeffrey Perry – Favorable – e-mail

Rep. Linda Dorcena-Forry – Favorable – telephone

Sen. Jarrett Barrios – ONTP – telephone

Sen. Stephen Brewer – Favorable – telephone

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Public Safety Committee Hears Sunday Hunting Bill

On Tuesday, March 8, 2006 the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a public hearing to take testimony on H.4517 “An Act to Allow Hunting on Sunday Within the Commonwealth”. Several legislators were attendance to testify in favor of the bill. Representative Anne Gobi (the bill’s sponsor), Rep. Lewis Evangelidis, Senator Stephen Brewer, Rep Mark Carron were among those testifying in favor. GOAL and a few of our members were also present to provide our support of the bill.

The bill has not yet been approved by the Committee. Senate Chair Jarrett Barrios, who had stated he fully supports the bill, informed GOAL that the Committee wants look at whether there would be any additional expense to the Commonwealth if the measure is passed. The bill has the support of the House Chair Rep. Cheryl Rivera as well.

GOAL is urging its members to contact the Committee and express their support of the legislation. Click here to get the information on the Committee members: http://www.mass.gov/legis/comm/j22.htm

H.4517 “An Act to Allow Hunting on Sunday Within the Commonwealth”

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1: Section 57 of Chapter 131 of the General Laws is hereby repealed.

To track this bill online, go to: http://www.mass.gov/legis/184history/h04517.htm

Below was the report from the State House news service:
Lawmakers today pushed for support on a bill that would repeal a 400-year-old law that prevents people from hunting on Sundays. Supporters, including members of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee that heard the bill today, said the only time many hunters have to stalk is on the weekend. Many say they are deterred from getting a hunting license because of the “antiquated” law. “This doesn’t make any sense,” said Rep. Lewis Evangelidis (R-Holden). Sen. Stephen Brewer (D-Barre), a member of the committee, predicted the wildlife population “will explode” within the next five years if hunters opt to pursue their quarry in other states. “The average citizen works five days a week,” Brewer said. “This is an extremely logical bill.” James Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners’ Action League, said his group supports the bill and was unsure why the ancient law had never been repealed. “To us, it’s just common sense,” Wallace said. In communities where hunting is popular, residents have traditionally planned outdoor recreation for Sundays.

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anvilman
Guest

03-09-2006 15:40
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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO FISH FOR STRIPED BASS DURINGTHE HERRING RUN!!!!!!!!!! The massachusettes division of marine fisheries is providing this mailing to inform you and your organization’s members of recent actions taken by the division of marine fisheries advisory commision TO PROHIBIT POSSESSION,HARVEST AND SALE OF RIVER HERRING(322 CMR6.17).Thease actions were taken in response to recent drastic declines of many river herring spawning runs.This moratorium is effective, JANUARY 1,2006 And will remain in place through DECEMBER 31,2008

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Mike F.
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Mac 01-22-2006 09:09
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 35-40 Degrees
Well thats it boys, the ducks are safe! I managed 2 mallards on the last afternoon, nothing in the morning.

Mike

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pworkman
Guest

boston harbor 01-10-2006 14:08
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 40-45 Degrees
Had put away the sea duck outfit, but the nice weather got us out. Hunted Boston Harbor. We probably only saw 20 eider, where we used to see hundred. We had about 7 singles / doubles decoy nicely and baqged 4. A beautiful day. Hoping to get out at least once more if the weather cooperates.

Have hunted puddlers in RI a few time. Not as many ducks a prviously. Believe early cold weather sent them further south.

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Mike F.
Guest

NE MA 01-07-2006 14:42
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Hunted a field early on, not one bird came anywhere near our spread, barely anything at all moving! The geese and ducks seemed happy sitting behind the audobaun society. Theres still one snow hanging out with the canadas on the Mac.

Mike

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bflather
Guest

North Shore 01-05-2006 16:19
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Got out for another quick hunt this afternoon. There were a ton of birds fying high. Mostly black ducks. Any way I was able to fool one of them (it almost landed in my canoe.) only took that single shot in the hour or so I was out. Black duck on te grill with some chipolte sauce.. MM MMMH good.
Have a good one guys.

Buck

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Dean Smith
Supporting Member

Conn Valley 01-04-2006 16:15
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
Well was out most of the day Tues, 1/3 in the snow and slush. Called it a day at 3;00pm without seeing one duck or goose. The birds are just flat out gone in my spots. What do I see on the drive home? A small stream that overflowed its banks and created a small pond in someones back yard, probably 100 foot Diameter. And in the center of it swam 8 mallards. Calling it a season, they are just too smart for me this half.

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Mike M.
Guest

North shore 01-03-2006 20:40
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Thought I would chime in here with a field report since its been quiet the last couple of days. I have only been out twice since my last field report.

12/27/05

Did a walk in salt marsh hunt at low tide into the incoming. Saw some ducks but most wanted to be somewhere else. Had a few chances at getting my black but muffed them.

12/29/05

Finally had a chance to use my eider decoys I worked on this summer. Was using a new sea duck rig so wanted to try it for the first time during the day when I could see how it all went. Tides were not good so we had to do an afternoon hunt. Very slow, because glassy conditions and wrong time of day. Had one chance at a hen eider and blew it then a drake oldsquaw snuck through before I saw it. Even though it was slow and we got skunked I was happy to see my decoys float and see a bird decoy to them.

It was just nice to be in a boat again after a month. You know the old saying: The best time to go hunting is whenever you can.

Well, things are not looking for me right now so this might be my last report of the season unless I get some time during late goose.

Have fun and be safe

Posted By:
CDUNCAN
Guest

sudbury 12-27-2005 11:29
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 35-40 Degrees
best day this year. the sight of about 30 common mergansers coming strait at my spread was the coolest thing i have ever seen while duck hunting. plenty of mallards all morning a few pintails and a bunch of coot. cd

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Mike F.
Guest

NE MA Field 12-23-2005 19:59
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
19 mallards and 4 geese between 5 people, amazing outing. So awsome to have hundreds of ducks working the deeks!

Mike

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Dean Smith
Supporting Member

Conn Valley 12-22-2005 20:01
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 10-20 Degrees – Ice
In to what it seems now a all too repetious cycle,where the birds are you can’t hunt. Out several morning this week and hunt is over by 7;00am. See a few birds right at legal and few minutes after and that’s it. Sit for another 3 hours and nothing! Tried several other rivers in area (scouting) and not seeing any birds there. Over all not seeing large number of birds anywhere, its a single, a pair, a small flock (3-10) and that’s it. Hopefully the weather change expected over the Xmas holidays will move the birds around some. On the plus seeing alot of nice winter mornings on the river- frost on the trees, a fog coming off the water, muskrats, otters and mink moving around. Good holidays to all.

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Tim C.
WFC Sponsor

South Shore 12-22-2005 19:57
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Went out this am and have very few birds flying. The ice is becomming a major problem if we do not get a good warm up it could be over soon. We did see good numbers of geese, but they were high and had their minds set on a destination. Good luck to all and have a Merry Christmas. Tim

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bflather
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Ipswich 12-22-2005 17:30
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Got out for a quick hunt this afternoon(about an hour & half). Managed two greenheads and two Hens (for me that’s a banner day). I did some camo work to the canoe wjith some berlap and such. I think it really helped. The birds decoyed 100% better then they did just a few days earlier. Good luck all. Merry Christmas!
Buck

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Mike F.
Guest

Sailsbury 12-20-2005 18:28
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Managed one black duck, only saw a few mallards and other black ducks landing on the ice, all of the smaller creeks appeared to be locked up, looks like this next warm front could make or break the rest of our season..

Mike

Posted By:
ducksnpucks
Guest

Sailsbury,Plumb Island,Amesbury 12-20-2005 08:59
Sunny & Clear, High Winds – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Hunted from shore.Tough to find open water wher dog could make retrive.Most creeks iced over.Saw mallards,blacks,goldeneye,old squaw,hoodies and geese.Ice was not so bad on the out going or early incomming,but it was tough other then that.

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Dean Smith
Supporting Member

Conn Valley 12-18-2005 15:28
Sunny & Clear, Morning Fog – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
After scouting all week long in anticipation of 2nd half opener 12/16 had area picked out. All week long cold weather slowly froze up much of the river, and I found two spots with consist birds. Opening day brings above freezing temps and rain/ freezing rain. Lots of hooded merganers flying early, must of seen 75-100. Puddle ducks sporatic, but managed to get 2 drake and a hen mallard by 7:15am. Good thing, didn’t see another puddle duck till 3:30pm, a hen mallard. I was the only person out in area.
Next day I return to same area figuring ssaturday hunters will move birds around. 8:30am and yet to see anything, heard seven shots just a little upriver. Left at 9:00am still having seen nothing, pass by hunter upriver. No face mask, huge glasses, dark green camo with snow on the ground– and he tells me he has never had a better day this late in season, has 4 birds all drake mallards, says you wouldn’t believe how they just zero’d in on his decoys. Go figure.

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anvilman
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12-18-2005 11:56
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Hey I just wanted to put my 2 cents in on this new sudbury assabet and concord river hunting.I scouted it a few times this past summer and wasted my time they only allow 35 hunters and want to have a lottery and charge $20 Dollers to register just another way for our govt and agencey,s to get more money out of our pockets All of us who buy Hunting Licences Pay that extra $5 Bucks to buy and purchase these lands and open them up to everybody not just a chosen few in a lottery .Anything to make it more difficult to hunt and fish in this state and i dont see where they only allow 35 people who want to canoe or fish these riversDo they have a lottery to fish and have to pay a $20 fee

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CDUNCAN
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open day central/ wayland sudbury 12-16-2005 15:44
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 35-40 Degrees
boy was it a weird day out there. good thing i brought the 8 pound sledge to get on the sudbury. nice amount of geese flying but only saw a few ducks. real nasty. cd

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Mike M.
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Nantucket 12-16-2005 12:38
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This is not duck hunting related but still pretty big hunting news nonetheless.
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State board cancels February deer hunt
By Jason Graziadei

I&M Staff Writer

The controversial February deer hunt is no more. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife board voted 6-1 Tuesday to cancel the one-week special season which had provoked frustration and anger among island residents ever since it ended earlier this year.

The board’s decision came three weeks after it held a public hearing on Nantucket to discuss the February hunt. At that time, residents gave the board an earful about the negative impacts of the special season and demanded that it be canceled.

Members of the ad-hoc group which led the opposition to the hunt, known as the February Group, celebrated the board’s decision this week and said they were grateful that public officials at both the local and state level had respected their wishes.

“I am thrilled,” said Joanne Marcoux. “This was as big as election day. I’m really encouraged by this, and one of the best things is we had a town government that made a decision a year ago and turned around and realized they had made a mistake.”

Other members of the February Group, including Richard Cooper, Carol Black and Beverly McLaughlin, said they were elated that nearly a year of making phone calls, writing letters and research had paid off.

“I’m ecstatic. I couldn’t be happier,” McLaughlin said. “We worked very hard for this. The elected officials listened to us. They weren’t always happy, but they did listen. This is democracy working.”

The February hunt, in which 246 deer were killed over six days, was conceived as a way to reduce the incidence of tick-borne diseases on Nantucket, which health officials believe to be the highest in the country. It was approved by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) board in late 2004 at the request of the Board of Selectmen and the Tick Awareness Group, led by Dr. Tim Lepore, a surgeon at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and recognized authority on tick-borne diseases.

But the inaugural February hunt ended in controversy earlier this year, and opponents bombarded the selectmen with complaints, prompting the board to reverse course and declare the special season a mistake. Numerous residents grumbled about hunters on private property, on public roads, and other inappropriate behavior. During the public hearing three weeks ago, many questioned the science behind the hunt, and said there was little or no evidence showing that a reduction in the deer herd would result in fewer cases of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, babesiosis or ehrlichiosis.

“We’re all extremely happy, everyone in the group, and relieved,” said Cooper. “We put in a lot of time and effort and it’s been an interesting experience.”

The lone member of the DFW board who voted to continue the hunt, Dr. Joseph Larson, an endangered species habitat specialist, said the written and oral testimony the board received was not based on science or facts, and he was concerned about the public health threat from tick-borne diseases.

“None of the testimony at the hearing or in the material sent to the board had any credible reference to public health or science,” Larson said. “There were people who said they’d had a tick-borne disease or were at risk, but still didn’t want the hunt to proceed.

They were asking that the permanent and summer residents and visitors of Nantucket to accept the same level of risk. That was my concern.”

Larson also said the Board of Selectmen was put in a difficult position because it doubles as the Board of Health.

“I have a lot of sympathy for the selectmen,” Larson said. “They can’t realistically make a decision based on public health and do the right thing and still wear the hat as selectmen. It’s almost impossible to ask people to put on one hat and forget they wear the other hat.”

George Darey, the chairman of the DFW board, said the public hearing left him and other board members perplexed because it appeared as if Nantucket’s elected officials and residents were accepting the public health threat posed by tick-borne diseases.

“The selectmen, it’s their island and they don’t consider it a public health problem, evidently,” Darey said. “They screamed they don’t want the hunt anymore, so we went out there again and got lambasted pretty well. But that’s the name of the game.

“I was flabbergasted when I sat there and watched the Board of Selectmen get up there. I don’t know if they were talking as the Board of Health or the Board of Selectmen. But this is what the people of Nantucket want and that’s fine. I just feel sorry for the people who come to Nantucket and don’t know it has the highest rate of Lyme disease in the country. You won’t see me go there for vacation. I’ve never seen a public hearing like that in my life. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”

Darey said he was frustrated that the board had changed its position on the hunt, but added that they would respond in the future if the island’s elected officials requested additional hunting regulations.

“Am I frustrated? Yes. Do I mind traveling there? No. But there’s a lot of other places in the state that want to see the Fisheries and Wildlife board,” Darey said. “If they come to us to ask for help again, of course, we’ll be right there. We don’t back away from things.”

Some of the few Nantucketers who supported the hunt, including Lepore and health director Richard Ray, said they had expected the DFW board to cancel the hunt, but maintained that the island must still address its tick problem.

Lepore said the cancellation of the special season would allow the deer population to rebound and the high incidence of tick-borne diseases would remain, or possibly increase. He said the island has an average of 175 cases of documented tick-borne diseases annually between May and September, but that number does not take into account the summer residents who leave Nantucket and are diagnosed elsewhere.

The island also has one of the densest deer populations in the state. Prior to the inaugural hunt, the DFW had estimated that there were between 1,600 and 2,400 deer on Nantucket, equivalent to 40 to 60 deer per square mile.

“If that’s what the Board of Selectmen wants to do, let them live with it,” Lepore said.

“They don’t feel that having the highest rate of Lyme disease in the country is a significant health issue. It’s frustrating, and it’s going to be another spring and summer coming up and people are going to be screaming about why we have so many ticks and Lyme disease, and they can go to the Selectmen.”

Ray said the Health Department is planning to step up its public relations campaign regarding tick-borne diseases. Although he had supported the February hunt, Ray said he respected the decision of the Board of Health.

“I think we have to step up our public relations efforts with regard to this, and we’ll be discussing the things people can do to protect their property and themselves,” Ray said.

“My board is the Board of Health and they didn’t vote in favor of the hunt and I have to support that. If I had a lament, it’s that the real reason we were doing this was lost.

There was very little discussion about the true public health threat.”

Even with the special season canceled, members of the February Group said their work was not over, and that they looked forward to finding an alternative approach to combating tick-borne diseases.

“We’re going to first catch our breath, and then move onto the next phase,” Cooper said.

“We didn’t have the intention of walking away from this issue. We’re exploring other alternatives for the overall picture. First, we would like to go after an accurate deer count.

The first step is to see where we are now.”

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Tim C.
WFC Sponsor

South Shore 12-16-2005 10:39
Cloudy, Occassional Rain Showers – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Went to a little out of the way spot this am and after breaking a fair amount of ice we had a great morning flight. The two of us got our limit of green heads,black ducks and one goose by 8am. One of the best mornings of hunting in a long time. Shoot straight and have fun. Tim

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Mike F.
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NE MA 12-13-2005 16:43
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Finally saw 2 groups of GE’s this afternoon, buddy got one mergie and made a NICE 50yrd shot that stoned a BIG black before it hit the ground, and with steel #4’s none the less! Good to see the creeks free of ice and the marsh mostly free of ice and snow. Still some blacks around, anyone think we still have one or two more pushes left? Saw 2 flocks of geese heading south as well.

Mike

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Mike F.
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Refuge 12-11-2005 10:12
Arctic Blast – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Went for a little jump shoot Friday during the blizzard, managed to jumpe a drake mallard and a double banded black duck, complete with a 100 dollar reward band to boot! Still not seeing many divers on the Mac, maybe there still on there way? Sailsbury seems void of all edible life, still many mergies to be shot though. Lots of geese around, finishing them into 12″ of snow was tough yesterday, but we got one flock to land 20yrds behind us, directly between our spread and the houses 700-800ft away, no love. Later we decoyed some birds in the right direction and had some good shooting. Hopefully this new front won’t freeze us up, with the amount of ice I saw yesterday, It looks like we need some warm weather FAST, or we may be icedout within a couple weeks easy, and we have a late season this year..

Mike

[Edited By Mike F. on 2005-12-11 10:12]

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Mike M.
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Sunday hunting legislation 12-05-2005 09:17
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I know this is not a field report but so few people view the discussion forum that I thought it would be ok to post this here.

A proposal before the Massachusetts legislature would allow Sunday hunting statewide.

House Bill 4517, sponsored by Rep. Anne Gobi, D-Spencer, would repeal the state’s Sunday hunting prohibition. The bill was introduced on Nov. 17 and awaits action in the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

Currently, 39 states permit Sunday hunting while 11 states prohibit or heavily restrict it. Sunday hunting provides an additional day in the field, which can be a great opportunity for sportsmen and sportswomen who work during the week.

Several states, including Maryland and Ohio, have recently eased restrictions on Sunday hunting. Ohio has found that it is the day with the fewest hunting complaints.
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Now that the legislation has been assigned to commitee, it cannot hurt to speak up again. Seeing that the bill was assigned to the Public safety commitee, I really do not think it stands a snow balls chance in hell. Not that it would anyway, but especially with this commitee. Generally, bills with sportsmen’s interest are assigned to the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Commitee. I think this bill is going to die in committee. Still, I applaud Rep. Gobi’s effort and it cannot hurt to let your State Rep. know that there are constituents out there that want this bill to pass.

[Edited By Mike M. on 2005-12-05 13:33]

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Mike M.
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North Shore 12-04-2005 12:45
Cloudy, High Winds – 45-50 Degrees
I hunted last Tuesday (11/29) with my Dad. We saw a lot of puddlers and enough divers to keep things interesting. Had some good shooting and a mixed bag with a mallard, by far the most beautiful green wing teal drake I have ever killed, goldeneye, and a couple of bufflehads.

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Mike F.
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NE MA 12-04-2005 08:50
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Lots of geese around, also good numbers black ducks. While there are deffenetly still some mallards around, it seems like a bunch of them left with the last push of GW’s last week. Haven’t seen any gaddies or widgion around, but I never do anyways. One thing we are missing is divers, I haven’t seen a GE or any decent numbers of buffies anywhere besides one flock in the channel of the Mac a week ago. This doesn’t surprise me too much since I shot two teal the day after Thanksgiving. I wonder if we will get one massive push of them over the next week with the predidted sup freezing temps.

Mike

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CDUNCAN
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merrimack 12-01-2005 10:24
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
went for a ride early this morning and found the ducks hugging close to the bank of the back river and to the marshes due to the low tide. also saw a raft of divers out by the toothpick a little out of the norm, must be a front pushing them in close to shore…. also saw my first brant this morning down by umass boston.. good sign of things to come i hope… cd

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bflather
Guest

North & South Shore 11-28-2005 10:32
Cloudy, Snow Flurries – 25-30 Degrees – Open Water
I was able to get out for a very quick hunt on T-day on the north shore. The weather was perfect. And the birds decoyed well. Had my black in hand by 6:45. And then completely fanned on a group of about 10-12 greenheads. Ugghh.. Then on Saturday I went down to the south shore near Westport Ma. and hunted with my dad. Again a quick hunt but we both got our blacks and the birds again decoyed very well. In all it’s been a great start to what I hope is a great year.. Good luck to all and be safe..

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Dean Smith
Supporting Member

Conn Valley 11-27-2005 16:07
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 30-34 Degrees – Ice
Finished out 1st half yesterday attempting to decoy mallards on a local small river. Four mallards showed up just after legal and was able to get one shot off and dump a drake. That was it for the next 4 hours. Didn’t see another duck. Several groups of geese flew by going to local corn fields which are of course posted. Too high for any shot. Over all not a bad 1st half even though were real thin the last 2 weeks. Up a tree stand tomorrow for deer.

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Mike F.
Guest

NE Costal 11-24-2005 14:52
Cloudy, Snow & Rain Mix – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
What a way to kick off the second half! Dad and I made it out early this morning and were rewarded with 8 mallards. The geese were another story, we got busted from every imaginable angle, and the ones that didn’t see us just didn’t want anything to do with us. Any day you get to shoot 2 limits of mallards with your Dad is a good time.

Mike

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Baymen Moe
Web Member

south shore 11-24-2005 08:25
Cloudy, High Winds – 30-34 Degrees – Open Water
Plan A this morning was to canoe the marsh and set up some dekes for coastal. After noting how high the winds were we made the smart decision not to launch.

Initiate plan B. Went to a different marsh for a jump shoot. We were’nt five minutes into our walk when the birds went up right where we expected them to.

A thanksgiving black duck for each of us.
Hope others were able to get out today.

Bill

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Dean Smith
Supporting Member

Conn Valley 11-21-2005 15:36
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 45-50 Degrees
Still a void of ducks, did extended scouting of major rivers in area and did not see one duck on the rivers. Alot of ponds and backwashes have some degree of skim ice. Geese on the other hand are extremely heavy. Hunted corn fields today and last Friday. Friday birds were spooky and although would check the decoys out, would not commit. Calling would bring the birds back but range was 65-70 yds and beyond what we would attempt with steel bb. Back this morning with 11/2oz hevi-shot #2 hand loads, and sitting on fence row between fields. Even though we saw about 250 geese in groups of 5-25, they still did not want to commit to a now empty field. Slowly about 30 birds total finally did put down. We were able to pass shoot our birds on a couple of flocks. Range was probably 60-70 yards. All clean one shot kills with multiple hits in breast area. Good thing we had the hevi-shot and patternmaster tubes.
Hopefully the expected incoming rough weather will push some ducks down.

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pworkman
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south shore 11-21-2005 11:43
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Hunted Sat and Mon. finally saw some eider. Shot very poorly, but still got a few. Nice to see the population has not completely crashed or moved to a totally different spot.

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ducksnpucks
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Northeast MA 11-19-2005 21:11
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Iced over.Opened a hold.Birds went to open water.Sun hit decoys in hole we opened in ice.3 mallards from 3 flocks.Good shooting.Dog did very well getting downed birds that went thruogh ice.Anyone down on the south shore seeing much action? Have a cousin that lives down that way looking for a point in the right direction.

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Dean Smith
Supporting Member

Conn Valley 11-15-2005 15:59
Cloudy, Light Rain & Drizzle – 45-50 Degrees
Not seeing many ducks of late. Last 7-10 days the ducks have been thin, however the geese have been extremely heavy. Heavy movement of geese the first couple of hours each morning. Get a burst of ducks (mallards and gwt) each morning starting several minutes before legal lasting about 15 minutes, then they don’t seem to be moving for several hours, seeing singles and pairs flying thru around 10am. Overall still a better season than last year, as at least seeing birds. Few blacks seen here and there.

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pworkman
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south shore 11-14-2005 09:23
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Out for sea ducks sat and monday. My spots just aren’t working any more. Where we used to see 100’s of eider and lots of scoter and actually shoot a few, we aren’t seeing much and aren’t shooting anything. Will have to start scouting for better spots. Maybe the Cape. Unfortunately, we have motor issues so range from launch sites is restricted.

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ducksnpucks
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the most northeast part of MA you could get 11-12-2005 20:09
Sunny & Clear, Winds Calm – 25-30 Degrees – Ice
Friday,many geese and many,many,many ducks.Just a good day all around.Saterday better shooting led to more bagged ducks,but not as many ducks around.Friday, saw mallards,Blacks,canadas,and blue bills.Saterday, saw blacks and mallards.

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Baymen Moe
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Sea ducks… 11-09-2005 13:56
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
Well, after a few uneventful hunts in the tree stands I needed some action. Luckily my good friend Capt. Dave Bitters of Baymen Outfitters invited me for a sea duck hunt today. We set out a few lines of eider blocks and one line of scoter blocks.

The action started right away with 2 eider drakes quickly in the bag. The eiders were eager to decoy today. We both had our four bird limit of eider drakes by 8:30. I also took a nice surf scoter drake. We were holding out for an oldsquaw but there were few around. We enjoyed watching the eiders come to the decoys well after we had our limits. Talk about restraint, but it was fun to watch.

If you have’nt been out on the big water for these birds you’re missing a great experience. I’ve been sea ducking for years and still get a real thrill from it.

Bill

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Isaac514
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western mass 11-09-2005 11:20
Cloudy, Winds Calm – 35-40 Degrees
Waterfowl wednesday is back, we shot our four birds and got out of the field. A serious amount of birds have showed up in the last two days, driving to work at 8:30 I went by a field that cant be hunted because of location to homes and it was totally covered with geese. The geese were starting to walk into the yards, there were also several birds with bright, new yellow collars mixed in. Good luck !!

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CDUNCAN
Guest

sudbury river / great meadows 11-06-2005 07:35
Mostly Sunny, No Precipitation – 45-50 Degrees
first time out this year. hunted the afternoon session.. river was so high that there was anyplace else than were i was set up for the local ducks to land for the night. due to the weather and water levels it seems the migrating ducks have not arrived yet… the only shots taken were two at a flock of greenwings doing about ninety through my spread… first two shots of the year and a miss…. my second chance were at some blacks. one shot one miss..i guess that when the inland small ponds freeze over this river is going to be the balls to hunt… the vastness of the area i hunted was a blessing compared to the small ponds normally hunted with so many people shooting it up … remember this is a permit only hunt area… if you hunt without a permit the feds will throw the book at you…. be careful. best to all cd

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Isaac514
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NY & Western MA 11-05-2005 17:57
Cloudy, Heavy Fog – 40-45 Degrees
ok, hunted NY on 10-30 shot my 3 bird limit out of 2 flocks, no major task if you have ever been to NY along the hudson. Hunted deer mid-week instead of waterfowl, with some success in NY at our camp. Hunted this morning with my friend and his two sons ages 12 and 15, I think I was more excited then them but not by much. Well Holy fog Santa thank you very little, birds were in this field previous 3 days but would not drop into the ground fog. We could look up thru the fog to see them but they could not see us I assume, hope everybody else did alot better than us. I will take another shot of new migrants also if anybody could help!! Good luck guys.

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pworkman
Guest

south shore 11-01-2005 10:38
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Hunted sea ducks mon and tues. Eider are in. Saw lots in the distace but they weren’t headed our way. For some reason birds were flaring my set up on mon. Added some camo and seemed to do better tues. (No ducks due to really bad shooting but they came in better.)Hoping to get out more this week before the next hurricane heads north.

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CDUNCAN
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10-31-2005 15:04
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isaac great reports from the western part of the state…. looks like you are the only one getting any shooting… keep it up

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